Carver School Road Library Offers a Variety of Ways for Seniors to Socialize

By Timothy Ramsey

The Carver School Road Library is providing a place for seniors to socialize.

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. the library holds a social for seniors as an outlet for them to fellowship with one another. Each month there is a different theme for each Thursday:

“First Thursday Friends,” which is held on the first Thursday of the month, provides seniors with the opportunity to talk about a specific topic. 

“Adult Creative Writing” is the second Thursday event, where the senior shares their poetry, spoken word, stories or essays, as well as writing responses to prompts.

“Adult Coloring Club” is on the third Thursday and is structured to allow seniors to color their stress away with supplies furnished by the library.

“Adult Game Day” is held on the last Thursday of the month. The library provides board and card games for everyone to enjoy.

“Every Thursday we have a different program at 11 o’clock for seniors,” says longtime Carver School Road Library employee Charlene Edwards. “We have held our ‘First Thursday Friends’ event for about 18 years and we get together for a different range of events. We have a wide variety of topics, whether educational or just plain fun,” she continued. “We have a nice group of ladies. We would like to have more men participate, but they normally don’t stick around long.”

Edwards says the adult coloring started to become popular a few years back, so she asked her supervisor if she could hold a coloring event at the library. Fortunately, people started to come, and that event became a monthly staple at the library.

The creative writing aspect came from the Winston-Salem Writers, The Chronicle and For Senior’s Only! own Judie Holcomb-Pack. Holcomb-Pack came to interview them about the Thursday Friends club. After the interview, she advocated to Edwards about having the seniors at the library write about their lives, and the creative writing group was born.

The game night is a rather new event that Edwards wants to get the word out about. They play cards, dominoes and various board games. She says she would love to have more people come out to play and create more competition between players.

Deborah Streeter is a regular at the Thursday events. Streeter says she likes coming to the events because she is retired and this is a means to occupy her time.

“I don’t have much to do and I like to keep busy,” she said. “The dominoes and the games keep my mind active and I get to meet other people and socialize with them.”

Edwards says while these events are geared toward seniors, people of all ages are allowed to come. These events are free for the public. For more information, call the Carver School Road Library at 336-703-2910.

Timothy Ramsey is a reporter for the Winston-Salem Chronicle and this story is reprinted by permission.


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